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Total Hip Replacement: Introduction, Sources and Outline

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Part of the Science, Technology and Medicine in Modern History book series (STMMH)

Abstract

On May 9 1933, an article in The Times headed ‘Railway Engineer’s Suicide’, reported that a 57-year old man had shot himself ‘while of unsound mind.’ As the Coroner explained,

(He was) Suffering from profound depression caused by physical disability arising from a chronic disease of the hip-joint, which disabled him, which was getting worse, and of which there was no hope of a cure.1

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Femoral Head National Health Service Device Manufacturer National Joint Registry Orthopaedic Journal 
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© Julie Anderson, Francis Neary and John V. Pickstone 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM)The University of ManchesterUK

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